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'Never Complain Never Explain' Is Not Really How The Royal Family Works, Says Prince Harry

'Never Complain Never Explain' Is Not Really How The Royal Family Works, Says Prince Harry

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Anticipation for Prince Harry’s memoir Spare is building ahead of its release date on January 10. And the Prince has given a taste of what’s to come through interviews to promote the publication.

Harry has spoken to Anderson Cooper for CBS’s 60 Minutes and Tom Bradby from ITV for a 90-minute special called Harry: The Interview, both of which will air on Sunday. Short extracts from the two lengthy interviews have been trailed, showing Harry accusing the royal family of “leaking and planting” stories and betraying him and Meghan by refusing to defend them publicly.

“Every single time I’ve tried to do it privately there have been briefings and leakings and planting of stories against me and my wife,” Harry told Anderson Cooper when asked why he is airing his grievances so publicly. “You know the family motto is ‘Never Complain, Never Explain’ but it’s just a motto. And it doesn’t really hold.”

The Prince continued about the royal PR machine, “They will feed or have a conversation with the correspondent. And that correspondent will literally be spoon-fed information and write the story. And at the bottom of it they will say that they’ve reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment. But the whole story is Buckingham Palace commenting. So when we’re being told for the last six years we can’t put a statement out to protect you but you do it for other members of the family, there becomes a point when silence is betrayal.”

Harry is equally as scathing about “the leaking and the planting” to ITV’s Tom Bradby, but he also said that he does want to reconcile with his family. “I want a family, not an institution,” the Prince said at one point in the interview. In another, he said, “I would like to get my father back. I would like to have my brother back.”

Spare has been billed by publisher Penguin Random House as "the definitive account of the experiences, adventures, losses, and life lessons that have helped shape him.” It has promised “raw, unflinching honesty.” It has been written alongside ghostwriter JR Moehringer.

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